In what has added to a grim nightmare weekend in Baku for Williams, Robert Kubica added to their woes when he slammed the wall hard – 18G – in qualifying but was unhurt, prompting the session to be red-flagged.
Late in Q1 the Pole was on a flying lap when he miscalculated the entry through the narrow castle section with the sun in his eyes, clipped the inside wall and speered into the Tecpro protecting the building on the right.
He apologised over team radio and thankfully reported he was okay. The session was red flagged as the marshalls recovered the badly damaged car.
This is just another episode of misery that has afflicted the Williams this season, exacerbated this weekend when George Russell’s car was wrecked by a loose manhole cover on Friday.
Kubica’s incident will require another intensive repair job for the beleaguered team.
He said in the team report afterwards, “At this track, you pay a high price for a relatively small mistake. I knew it before I came here and unfortunately, that’s just how it is. It was not a huge impact, but the doctors had to do the usual precautions and I am ok.”
“I turned in too soon and clipped the wall at turn eight, which launched me to the outside of the next corner which is the narrowest point on the Formula One calendar. The temperature is not helping us, but this was a driver mistake and we will evaluate the car for damage,” added the Pole.